LA Marathon: Behind the Music

When I needed to quickly record a version of the song California Sun for the course video, I turned to my friend Sam Jones. He’s a talented photographer, film director and musician. Sam and I had made the Wilco film I am Trying to Break Your Heart together, and he’s more into music than anyone I know. The kind of guy who’s got a deep vinyl collection, a bunch of vintage guitars, a band. I just knew he was the guy to help me get this done quickly. Sam pulled together an all-star session crew in about 5 minutes, including Pete Thomas (of The Attractions) on drums and Dan Lavery (of The Fray and Tonic) on bass. Sam handled guitar and vocals. We were graciously hosted by Kevin Augunas at Fairfax Recordings, which is an absolutely spectacular facility. Check out these shots from the session, as well as a short video clip of the band in action.

Sam, Dan and Kevin. The mixing board on the left is from Abbey Road Studios in London, circa 1971.

In case you forgot your drum kit, they’ve got plenty to choose from.

We recorded onto 2″ tape. Vintage!

I’ll go with the maple glow Gibson ES 335…

The tube amp collection.

Kevin on the dials.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015